Edge of Reason by Trish Loye

Edge of Reason by Trish LoyeEdge of Reason by Trish Loye
Series: Edge Security #2
Published by Tough Girl Press on August 10th 2015
Pages: 316
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E.D.G.E. Security is a covert international organization that handles jobs most governments won’t. The operators are the elite of the elite, soldiers and spies, chosen for their skills and secrecy, and their ability to go beyond the edge.
Captain Cat ‘Valkyrie’ Richards knows it’s easier to be alone. As a special ops soldier she’s worked too hard to achieve what she has to jeopardize it by having a fling with a fellow soldier. Besides, she tried that once and the results almost shattered her. Now she’s stronger and focused on the mission at hand. Nothing will distract her.

As a Navy SEAL, Rhys ‘Lucky’ Lafayette knows how to achieve a mission no matter what the odds and when Rhys sees Cat he zeroes in on his target. She let him get close once before and he’s determined to make her see the benefits of it again.

But when E.D.G.E. sends the pair to recover a senator’s son kidnapped by the Boko Haram, the simple rescue turns into something much darker and deadlier. Will Cat and Rhys be able to forge themselves into the necessary fighting force able to accomplish the mission or will they be pushed to the edge of reason.

A disappointment for me personally because I had high hopes for how gender inequality in the military might be tackled here. Instead, there were so much posturing, overreactions and chips (or should I say boulders?) on the shoulder moments that just left me unable to enjoy Cat and Rhys together. Especially when mutual respect and understanding took a way long time to come.

If I thought Dani (the hr in the first book) was too strong to need anyone, Cat surpassed this particular benchmark by a hundred fold, which left me grimacing and wondering why she wasn’t simply given a whole infantry of enemy soldiers to take on by herself, which seems to be just the way she likes.

Maybe I’m just picky about the sort of kickass women I’d love to support in fiction, but I simply thought much of the exposition was spent defending Cat’s (sometimes unreasonable) behaviour and her uber-feminist perspective that it skewed quite a few of the other (male) supporting characters as narrow-minded misogynists, which I couldn’t entirely appreciate.